Current Affairs Update – 21st April, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 21st April, 2015.

& Insurance –
Bharatiya Mahila Bank
inks MoUs with LIC, New India Assurance
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank Ltd has entered into MoUs with New
    India Assurance Company Ltd and Life Insurance Corporation of India to provide
    insurance cover to its accountholders.
  • The insurance covers are being provided under the Pradhan
    Mantri Jan Suraksha Bima Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Jeevanjyoti Bima Yojana
    schemes respectively.
  • The insurance option is voluntary and comes at a premium of
    Rs. 12 for the PM Jan Suraksha Bima Yojana and Rs. 330 for the PM Jeevanjyoti
    Bima Yojana.
  • The age eligibility under the former is 18-70 years and
    under the latter 18-50 years. The enrolment period under the schemes will be
    from June 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015.

& Honors –
2015 Pulitzer Prizes
  • The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by the Pulitzer Prize
    Board for work during the 2014 calendar year. Prize winners and nominated
    finalists were announced on April 20, 2015.
  • The Pulitzer Prize  is
    an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and
    musical composition in the United States.

The 2015 Pulitzer
Prize Winners
  • Pulitzer Prize for International
    Reporting in Journalism:
    The New York Times Staff
  • Pulitzer Prize for Breaking
    News Reporting:
    The Seattle Times Staff
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    Fiction Novel:
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    History Novel:
    Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the
    Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the
    Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    Digest by Gregory Pardlo
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    General Non-fiction:
    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by
    Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Pulitzer Prize for
    Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe

award conferred on Xi Jinping

  • Pakistan on Tuesday conferred its top civilian award
    ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his outstanding
    contribution in promotion of relationship between the two countries.
  • The ceremony was organised at the President House where President
    Mamnoon Hussain conferred the award on Mr. Xi.
  • The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
    Federal Ministers, Members of National Assembly and Senate, Services Chiefs and
    Chinese delegation.
  • Mr. Xi was given warm welcome on his arrival in the
    President House in a traditional buggy drawn by horses.
  • He also held bilateral talks with Mr. Hussain, who later
    hosted a luncheon in his honour.

Indian Railways
launched E-Samiksha to monitor rail projects online

  • Indian Railways on 21 April 2015 launched online monitoring
    mechanism E-Samiksha to monitor rail projects.
  • It aims at monitoring implementation of various ongoing
    projects of Indian Railways on real-time basis including Rail Budget proposals.

Highlights about
  • It was designed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  • It has been developed to make it a highly interactive
    web-based, user-friendly and customised system.
  • It will be used to monitor budget-related projects and also
    for monitoring the infrastructure target and board meeting follow-up.
  • It will be used by Cabinet Secretariat, Prime Minister’s
    Office and other Ministries for monitoring progress implementation of various
    programmes and follow-up of meetings.

Government announced the target of 14400 MW power generation by 2019
  • Maharashtra Government on 20 April 2015 announced the target
    of 14400 MW power generation by 2019.
  • The state government will produce 14400 MW electricity by
    2019 by way of non-conventional methods to cut down cost and reduce carbon
    footprint. The non conventional source of energy is cheaper and far better as
    compared to conventional sources.
  • Out of the 14400 MW electricity target, the state government
    has proposed that 75000 MW of electricity will be generated from solar energy
    while wind mills will generate 5000 MW of power.
  • Sugar industries will help in creating 1000 MW, cogeneration
    will generate 200 MW, biogas will generate 300 MW and industrial waste will
    generate 400 MW.
  • For instance, there are many sugar factories located in
    western Maharashtra, thus 1000 MW electricity will be generated from that
  • Also to meet the target, the power generated by private
    players will be purchased by the government as well.

Cleartrip becomes
first Indian online travel agency to feature on Apple Watch

  • Since its launch for iOS in August 2012, Cleartrip has been
    committed to offer iOS users the best travel app experience possible on iOS devices.
  • From being the first to support Passbook on iOS, to the
    first to redesign the app for iOS 7, and the first travel app in India to have
    a universal app for iPhone and iPad, the Cleartrip app for Apple Watch is
    another big first to add to that list.
  • The idea with the Watch app is to give users the information
    they need, when they need it, in the most lightweight manner possible. Opening
    the Cleartrip app on the Apple Watch will show travellers a concise list of all
    their upcoming flights.
  • The app can also be enabled through the Watch app on your
    iPhone which, in turn, can be synced with your Apple Watch.

Egypt’s ousted
president Mohamed Morsi jailed for 20 years

  • Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was on
    Tuesday sentenced to 20 years in jail by a court here over charges related to
    the killing of 10 protesters when he was in power, the first ruling against the
    country’s first freely elected leader.
  • The 63-year-old former president was, however, acquitted of
    murder charges in the killing outside the presidential palace in December, 2012
    that would have seen him face the death penalty. Besides Morsi, the criminal
    court sentenced 12 other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including senior
    figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian, to 20 years in jail as they
    stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at the national
    police academy here.
  • Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him,
    the first in the case, but can be appealed. The sentencing was broadcast live
    on state television. The conviction and no strong reactions from the party show
    the dramatic downfall of Egypt’s once-powerful Muslim Brotherhood and its

Japan’s Maglev train
breaks world rail speed record, clocks 603kph

  • Japan’s state-of-the-art Maglev train clocked a new world
    speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600
    kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology
  • The seven-car Maglev train — short for “magnetic
    levitation” — hit a top speed of 603 kilometres an hour, and managed
    nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said.
  • The new record came less than a week after the company
    recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph. The
    Maglev hovers 10 centimetres (four inches) above the tracks and is propelled by
    electrically charged magnets.
  • About two hundred train buffs gathered to Tuesday’s
    record-setting run, with the crowd cheering as the train broke through 600 kph
    per hour.

Virat Kohli announced
to set up chain of gyms with the investment of 90 crore rupees
  • Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli on 20 April 2015 announced to
    set up his chain of gyms and fitness centres with the investment of 90 crore
  • The gyms will be launched under the brand name Chisel. The
    brand is jointly owned by Kohli, Chisel Fitness and CSE, the sister concern of
    Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment.
  • It is to be known that India’s ODI captain Mahendra Singh
    Dhoni already has his fitness chain across the country. Also, Kohli co-owns
    Indian Super League football franchise FC Goa and also has his clothing line
    for youths Wrogn.
  • The country’s fitness industry comprising branded fitness
    chains and standalone gyms is pegged at around 1300 crore rupees.

Novak Djokovic won
Monte Carlo Masters title of Tennis
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia on 20 April 2015 won his second
    Monte-Carlo Masters title of Tennis. In the final clash played at Monte-Carlo,
    Monaco, Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
  • With this win, 27-year-old Djokovic also became the first
    player to sweep the opening three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events of a
    season. The previous two titles were won at Indian Wells and Miami.
  • This was 17th straight win for the world No.1 and a 23rd
    Masters Crown in total, which equals with Roger Federer for second on the
    titles list.

Archana, Anezka won
cadet girls’ doubles title at the French Junior and Cadet Open
  • Archana Girish Kamath and Anezka Ilcikova, the Indo-Czech
    Republic pair won the cadet girls’ doubles table tennis title at the French
    junior and cadet open on 19 April 2015 in Metz, France.
  • In the title clash, Archana and Anezka defeated the French
    pair of Lucie Gauthier and Leili Mostafavi 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 and
    clinched the gold medal.
  • 2015 French Junior & Cadet Open, ITTF Premium Junior
    Circuit was held at Metz, France from 15 April to 19 April 2015.
  • The Bengaluru player Archana, who is the reigning sub-junior
    national table tennis champion, also claimed a bronze medal in the team event
    after a loss in the semifinals.

Neeraj Kumar
appointed as Chief Adviser of Anti-Corruption & Security Unit of BCCI
  • Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar was on 20
    April 2015 appointed as chief adviser of the Board of Control for Cricket in
    India’s (BCCI) Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU). He will have a term
    of one year, that is, till 2016. Kumar succeeded Ravi Sawant.
  • His appointment was made during Governing Council Meeting of
    the Indian Premier League (IPL) chaired by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla in New
  • Neeraj Kumar is a 1976 batch IPS officer of the AGMU cadre.
    Earlier, he has served as the Delhi Police commissioner for 13 months i.e. from
    June 2012 to July 2013.

Ninth Civil Services
Day was observed across India on 21 April
  • Ninth Civil Services Day was observed across India on 21
    April 2015. The day is observed by all Civil Services to re-dedicate and
    re-commit themselves to the cause of the people.
  • To mark the Day, a two-day programme was organised by the
    Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances began from 20 April
  • A series of Panel Discussions was organised at the Vigyan Bhawan.
    The Ninth Civil Services Day focuses on Minimum Government, Maximum Governance
    with specific sectoral emphasis on Social Sector, Housing, Employment &
    Skill Development and Agriculture.
  • On this occasion, all officers of Central and State
    Governments are honoured for excellence in public administration. The Prime
    Minister will confer the Awards to winners of outstanding initiatives in Public
    Administration for the years 2012–13 and 2013-14.

Former Chief Minister
of Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik passed away

  • Former Governor of Assam and three-time Chief Minister of
    Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died on 21 April 2015 in Tirupati. He was 89.
  • Born on 3 January 1927, in Rameshwar, Puri, Patnaik was a
    senior leader of Indian National Congress. He served Odisha as its Chief
    Minister from 1980 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 1999.
  • He also served Assam as its Governor from 2009 to 2014.
  • In 1947, he passed out with a degree in Sanskrit from the
    Utkal University and secured an MA degree in Political Science from the Banaras
    Hindu University in 1949. In 1950, he became the President of the Odisha state
    unit of the youth wing of the Congress. In 1980, he became the Union Minister
    for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour.


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